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Upcoming Meetings

Meetings listed below (except the picnic) will be virtual meetings.
They will be Zoom meetings co-hosted by
West Bay Woodturners & Silicon Valley Woodturners

Wednesday June 2, 7 pm
Program: Walking Bowls by Rebecca DeGroot
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Monday June 14, 7 pm
Show & Tell
President's Challenge: Hollow form

Wednesday June 23, 7 pm
Sawdust Session

Monday July 12, 7 pm
Program: Hinged Box by Claude Godcharles
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Wednesday August 4, 7 pm
Program: Kalia Kliban - milk paint demonstration
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Tuesday August 10
In person picnic at Cuesta Park

Check your email for Zoom log-on instructions.


May 2021 Meetings

Meetings were virtual via Zoom
hosted by Bob Bley and Greg Peck

Wednesday May 5 2021 - Show & Tell

Photos of Show & Tell

Monday May 10 2021
Program: Bowl in a Bowl by Tod Raines


Tod showed us the making of a bowl-in-a-bowl turning using one piece of wood.
It was a three step process with clear instruction for each step.
The final product is a beautiful work of art to be raffled by club members.

Photos of Tod's May 10 presentation


President's Letter - Tom Gaston

Greetings woodturners. I hope all is well and you are happily creating new turnings. I hope to see some of your creations soon. With the easing of the cover restrictions we are on track for an August 10th picnic (save the date), and resumption of in person meetings starting in September.

We hope to be again holding our meetings at Bridges Church in Los Altos. I would like to thank Leroy Nelson for being the liaison between the church and our club. He has been the keeper of the keys for the lathe storage, has helped with lathe set up and take down, setting up chairs, and so on. He will be moving to Santa Cruz to live with family so we hope to see him at some meetings or functions. In his stead, Al Holstein has agreed to become the liaison person.


Pay Your Dues

We make it easy. Go to the website, click on the tab "Club", click on 'Pay my dues' and complete the form. Or if that is too difficult, click here.
We also have a new form for those wanting to join the club. If you know any prospects, have them go to the website, click on the tab "Club", click on 'Join Our Club' and complete the form.

"As the Wood Turns" Further Embellishment - by Dave Vannier

I got some Bay tree wood this month, thank you Dennis! Since I have been playing with piercing and airbrushing lately, this wood was perfect for making some thin forms, mostly endgrain. I got  lots of practice using a scraper and turning using a light to determine the thickness. They aren’t all as thin as I thought or was shooting for, but they are thin enough to pierce. My daughter grabbed one that I had finished right away.

I turned two different forms, with each piece having a slight different curve/foot/etc. some I really like, so are ok, one bothers me.

This process reminded me to take it off the lathe, step back and look at the piece right side up and upside down. Our brains just don’t see curves the same horizontally. You would think you could just turn your head and it would work, but it doesn’t. This is something I usually forget to do, but this rapid turning of forms reminded me to do it. Spin the chuck off, place it on on an uncluttered flat surface, really hard to find in my shop, step back and just take a look.

I’m sure we all have things we have learned or re-learned durning this shut down that we can share. What was it for you?


2021 WBW board members and committee chairs

President: Tom Gaston
Vice President: Bob Bley
Treasurer:  Jon Bishop
Secretary:  Roman Chernikov
Member at Large: Claude Godcharles
Meeting Program Coordinator: TBD
Visiting artist Coordinator:  Bob Bley
Anchor seal:  Dennis Lillis
CA Glue:  Tom Kenyon
Craft Supply:  William Akey
Coffee & Cookies:  Phil Feiner
Librarian: Kelly Smith
Audio Visual: Curtis Vose
Website & Newsletter:  Tom Haines


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